Illinois started its “No Cash Bail” system on Monday, and it’s not looking good so far.
In January 2020, everyone was rushing for police accountability, and Illinois state lawmakers rushed a bill through to make the masses happy. They passed the 764-page SAFE-T ACT (Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity- Today) in less than a week. That was where HB-3653 started, and it was the beginning of “No Cash Bail” for Illinois.
Exactly one year ago, I wrote the article “Illinois May Officially Become the Wild West With No Cash Bail.” They may need to make additional changes, and fast, if this is how things are going to go.
Illinois “No Cash Bail” week one results.
- A man who “allegedly” left his dead wife in the middle of the road was released on electronic monitoring. She had jumped out of the car during a fight.
- They gave a man in Chicago accused of punching a police officer in the face a free pass; the prosecution didn’t even ask the judge to keep the man. They charged him with felony aggravated battery of a peace officer and misdemeanor resisting.
- They sent a 24-year-old girl home without restrictions after she “allegedly” pepper-sprayed four cops.
- Three women “allegedly” punched, kicked, pepper sprayed, and robbed a 44-year-old woman. The court sent two on their way without bail, and one got electronic monitoring. She only got EM because she had been on probation for less than a month for repeatedly hitting a pregnant woman.
These instances came from the same source, CWBChicago. If you want to take the time to look at other outlets, there is a long list.
Cashless bail: A suburban man who allegedly left his dead wife lying in the middle of the road was released on electronic monitoring yesterday.https://t.co/3Y71B1Rs2r
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) September 22, 2023
Will there be a breaking point where law-abiding citizens stand up and take care of things themselves? Or maybe they’ll untie the hands of the police and let them loose to do their job?